Truex "not sure what Logano was thinking" after costly contact

Martin Truex Jr. had a dominant run following crew chief Cole Pearn’s return to the pit box following a one-week suspension.

Truex led the race three times for 21 laps but while battling Logano for fourth, he received damage to the No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota. Truex’s issues were exacerbated by a speeding penalty on Lap 154 which sent him to the tail end of the lead lap cars for the Lap 160. Truex restarted 34th and finished 32nd.

“We had a good run going until the No. 22 (Joey Logano) put our car into the fence. There was a lot of right-side damage to the car, and we were pretty much toast after that incident. Not sure what he (Logano) was thinking about at the time, but that hit spoiled our day.

"We went from being a contender to the back of the field. Really frustrating to have a good car and not have anything to show for it. I think we were running in or close to the top five when the (No.) 22 rammed our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota."

Logano was very apologetic for the contact, going on to finish fourth after his run-in with No. 78.

“It was completely my fault. I was gonna go in on the outside of him and he was gonna go in on the top as well and I just ended up being right on him. We never touched each other, but just taking the air off these cars makes them uncontrollable. I didn’t mean to do that. I was gonna try to go to the top and I just got a little bit close to him and got him free, so I’m taking the hit on that one.”

Truex crew chief Cole Pearn had this to say regarding the driver of the No. 22 on Twitter:

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Fontana
Sub-event Sunday race
Track California Speedway
Drivers Martin Truex Jr. , Joey Logano
Teams Furniture Row Racing , Team Penske
Article type Breaking news
Tags cole pearn